The Psychos

Date of Award

Spring 5-17-2019

Author's School

Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts

Author Department/Program

Graduate School of Art

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Visual Art

Degree Type



My current body of work is a series of drawings that juxtapose characters of fiction and reality in an attempt to explore the relationship between horror film and contemporary social issues. I strive to render an accurate portrayal of the face to draw the viewer into questioning the troubling narrative these characters illuminate. I focus on retelling stories of fear and horror, and crime and infamy. I want my work to convey ethical dilemmas as they are present within the relationship between horror movie antagonists and the audience (all of us). It is these concerns I attempt to visualize in, my installation, The Psychos. I want viewers to experience my drawings and enter into the narratives by questioning their presence. Horror films offer a shared narrative. They invite us to examine social issues while keeping us entertained. This text describes my current work as a manifestation of these ideas, images, and possibilities.


English (en)

Program Director

Patricia Olynyk

Program Director's Department

Graduate School of Art

Thesis Advisor

Monika Weiss

Studio/Primary Advisor

Patricia Olynyk

Studio/Primary Advisor

Buzz Spector

Committee Member

Cheryl Wassenaar

Committee Member

Cheryl Wassenaar

Artist's Statement

Permanent URL: https://doi.org/10.7936/xmpd-vm28